Amazon Kindle Fire HD: a family portrait spec comparison

Amazon Kindle Fire HD: a family portrait spec comparison
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD new family of tablets is here and the big surprise seems to be that Amazon is now focusing more on full-color tablets, at least there were definitely more devices announced with LCD screens today than e-ink ebook readers.

The Fire HD slates are coming in two main versions, a 7-inch one with 1280 x 800-pixel screen and an 8.9-inch one with mind-blowing 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution.

Their biggest distinction seems to be the low price - the 7-inch costs merely $199. The LTE-enabled Kindle Fire HD is a bit of an exception with its $499 starting price, but not so much if you consider the $50 yearly payment for LTE. That buys you 250MB per month, for 12 months and if you only do some light browsing and book downloading that might suffice.

So while we still don’t have all the technical details (Amazon has covered the specs in Apple-like secrecy), we already know the basics, so check out how the tablets fare against each other. Make sure to also check in later to see the full version of the spec comparison.


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14 Comments

1. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

are you sure Kindle Fire 2 get camera, and has 1024x768 (4:3 ratio) not 1024x600 ?? or is it a mistake :D 1920x1200 on the 7'' screen, I just calculated it, it's a 323 PPI screen, on the tablet ! WOWWWWWW, over retina , is it ? apple ? haha !! AMAZINGGGGGGGG

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1055; Member since: May 27, 2011

Sadly, turns out we were a bit mislead by Amazon's murky language - the 7-inch Fire HD only has 1280x800 pixels.

8. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Ok I get it :D I guess 7'' will be equiped with 4460, when 8.9'' with 4470 and please fix the kindle fire 2 version, it's still only have 8GB, official here:http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-LCD-Display-Wi-F i/dp/B0083Q04IQ/ref=sr_tr_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346962484 &sr=8-1&keywords=kindle+fire guys should check the end of the page, where the official specs showed off, many version of storage to choose :D

2. Jphones

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

really they just pulled an apple in the fact they really didn't change design they just made the screen better.smh still looks cool and afforable but a design tweak would have made it alot better

3. quickweevil

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

What exactly could they tweak? Why fix it if it ain't broke?

13. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What was wrong with the old design?

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

good designs but I wont be buying one. Why? Just dont feel the wow here.

6. roryschmitz

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Does the Fire HD 7 inch now have volume rocker buttons? The original Fire didn't that I could find and only use a software volume control. It was terribly annoying.

7. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

So, the 7" HD has no TI OMAP 4470 or HDMI and the LTE has no Camera and Wifi that they bragged about forever???

9. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Specs on their page shows 7" with OMAP 4460 and HDMI and the LTE Model has Camera and Wifi.

11. Victor.H

Posts: 1055; Member since: May 27, 2011

Sorry for the confusion, we were compiling this first on the murky language from Amazon's event. It's now all updated and corrected! Appreciate your feedback.

10. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

do the new kindle fires have access to the google play store out of the box?

12. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

No, just the Amazon Appstore. No Google Apps at all, as expected, this is pure Amazon.

14. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

OK, well i'm glad i ordered the nexus 7 then best of both worlds plus jelly beans buttery smoothness!

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